Fixed Departure Upper Mustang Trek | Package | Itinerary | Budget Cost 2019 / 2020

Overview

Mustang trek is an exploration of the concealed valleys of upper Mustang in Nepal, nestled between Tibet and the Himalayas – a place different from the rest of the world. The wall city of Lo manthang used to be a part of Tibetan kingdom of Gungthang until 1830s. The early history of Lo manthang is embellished in myths and legends rather than the recorded facts. Even though the upper Mustang is changing it still surprises the visitors with its stunning vista and the stubborn way it cling to its unique culture. Indeed the culture is fighting back, crumbing art works are being restored. Crumbing monasteries have been rebuilt and refilled with the sound of bald-headed children in robes studying the ancient Buddhist ways.

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Here you will experience the way of life of true mountain people, who were not much in touch with the rest of Nepal for hundreds of years, and even until recent times had an officially recognized king.
 
In many ways, a trek into Upper Mustang is similar to trekking in Tibet, as geographically it is a part of the Tibetan plateau. The district of Mustang was, until 1950, a separate kingdom within the boundaries of Nepal. The last king, the Raja of Mustang, still has his home in the ancient capital known as Lo Manthang.
 
Upper Mustang was opened to non-Nepali trekkers only some fifteen years ago and even today, access is still highly restricted. To enter Upper Mustang, that is to travel further north from Kagbeni, trekkers need special trekking permit and must be accompanied by a government appointed officer.
 
Upper Mustang, being in the Himalayan rain shadow, is one of the regions in the country suitable for trekking even during monsoons. During this time, the upper Kali Gandaki valley is still quite dry with only occasional rainfall.
 
The Mustang trek is not particularly difficult, the highest point reached being only 3,800 meters, but the conditions at times can be arduous. Mustang is cold in winter and is always windy and dusty through the year. Winter treks are best avoided due to harsh weather.
 
There are few accommodation facilities available above Kagbeni, so groups must be fully self-sufficient, especially in fuel. While porters are available in Jomsom it is preferable to use mules to carry the loads up to Mustang. These pack animals are available locally and are more economical, and certainly more environmentally friendly than porters.
 
Mustang trek requires a minimum of 9 days, starting and ending in Kagbeni. This allows the trek to be completed within the 10-day period that the permit allows. The route generally follows the Kali Gandaki valley but, occasionally climbs high above the valley walls.
 
The settlements are scattered and there is little sign of cultivation between villages. In Mustang, little grows without irrigation, thus the region resembles a desert albeit mountainous, nuclear settlements in fertile areas.
 
Lo Manthang, the old capital, is reached in four days and at least one extra day should be spent here to catch the sights and sound of this unique walled settlement. Ponies are available for hire if you so desire. The return trip can either follow the same route while entering or, as an alternative route, the eastern bank of the Kali Gandaki may be followed

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu Ovenight Kathmandu 
 
Day 02: Kathandu to Pokhara Ovenight Pokhara
 
Day 03: Pokhara to Jomsom (2,713m) flight to Kagbeni (2,810m)
Day 04: Trek to Chussang (2,920m) – 6 hours walk
 
Day 05: Trek to Samar (3,290m) – 6 to 7 hours walk
 
Day 06: Trek to Ghiling (3,600m) 6 to 7 hours
Day 07: Trek to Tsarang (3,520 – 6 to 7 hours
 
Day 08: Trek to Lo-Manthang (3,780m) – 5 hours
Day 10: Rest or explore day of Lo-mangthang.
 
Day 10: Trek to Ghami (3,440m0 6 to 7 hours walk
Day 11: Trek to Samar – 4 to 5 hours walk
 
Day 12: Trek to Yak Kharka, – 5 to 6 hours walk
 
Day 13: Trek to Muktinath (3,710m) – 4 Hours walk
Day 14: Trek to Jomsom ( 5 hours)
Day 15: Fly to Pokhara
 
Day 16: drive or fly to Kathmandu
Day 17: Depart Kathmandu

Detail Itinerary

Detail Itinerary for 2019/2020 #UpperMustang

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu

Upon arrival at Kathmandu international airport, you will be welcomed by our staff (Nepal Guide Info Team) and will transfer to your hotel. Evening you will have meeting with office representative for trip briefing. Some of facts, rules and regulations are important to know while you travel Upper Mustang of Nepal 2019/2020. Stay overnight in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathandu to Pokhara

Mainly there are two different options to get Pokhara from Kathmandu. Flight will be the easy option which takes only 30/32 minutes but if you prefer by bus it may take up to 6/7 hours to cross about 200 kilometers. Also the Trishuli River drive you may enjoy with beautiful local villages. The other option will be get Pokhara would be by private transports like car, van etc.. Evening visit Pokhara city and stay overnight

Day 03: Pokhara to Jomsom (2,713m) flight to Kagbeni (2,810m)

The early flight of half an hour takes to Jomsom on the lap of Himalayas. After taking breakfasts here, you’re walking journey starts to Kagbeni passing Ekali Bhatti. Normally you walk about 3/4 hours today with easy flat land. No tree is found along the trek. Mostly you fallow Kali gandaki river side. Take lunch and rest. Afterward visit the traditional village of Tibetans kagbeni with over 500 years old monastery. And stay overnight.

Day 04: Trek to Chussang (2,920m) – 6 hours walk

After checking your special Mustang permits in kagbeni the trek goes uphill for while leaving Kali Gandaki River behind. The trail goes to harsh barren countryside all the way with some stops. Here you cross some small and tiny villages as walk progress coming to the town called Tangle, after walking an hour more brings the overnight stop place. Chusang located at the confluence of the Narsang River and the Kali Gandaki River.

Day 05: Trek to Samar (3,290m) – 6 to 7 hours walk

First villages comes Chele after passing this village the stream via the broken canyons and ruin castle walls on the around cliffs. Pass the river from Chussang are some massive red eroded cliffs higher the mouths of unreachable caves. After passing the tiny bridge an up climb for about 45 minutes brings to Chele town. From this village walk gets steep up for an hour upto ridge at 3,130m, a perfect vistas of Gyagar across a big canyon is visible. Afterwards the path goes up slowly windswept terrain up to at 3,540m. Normal decent for a while takes you to Samar for overnight stay.

Day 06: Trek to Ghiling (3,600m) 6 to 7 hours

The trek today fallow the tiny climb above Samar village to a ridge, with a downhill leading to a large gorge past a Chorten anted red, black, yellow and white all the colors are made from local stones. Meeting some Juniper trees the trek goes on to another township. From here the path descends to Shyangmochen, am tiny livings with some tea houses at 3,710m, taking right downhill the trek descends towards to Gelling for overnight stay.

Day 07: Trek to Tsarang (3,520 – 6 to 7 hours

From gelling, the path goes up genteelly via the fields up the centre of the valley, crossing below the Tama Gung village, the walk carry on a long climb across the head of the valley to the Byi La Pass 3,950m which is also elevated place of the trek as well the cross itself happens to be the southern bundry of Lo. From here a normal down for half an hour arrives to junction the right trail leads to tsarang where the left leds to Ghami town.

Day 08: Trek to Lo-Manthang (3,780m) – 5 hours

A day you arrives the final destination, the path starts with short descends passing the Charangchu River with steep uphill on side and crossing via the Tholung valley. Path divert with normal climb as the valley goes up to a large Chorten whch marks the boundry of Tsarang and Lo. And we climb landscapes on elevation of 3,850 meter where from the clear lo-mangthang village can be seen. As only one entrée place is northern side so one has to circle the wall to main gate to get Lo-Manthang village

Day 10: Rest or explore day of Lo-manthang.

Having around 150 houses the Lo-Mangthang village is residence of lamas, the closely located, and palaces and monasteries are in bottom portion in these houses. The school, health post, police post and man significant chortens are situated outside the walls to the north. People from Lo, they are very much Tibetan and practive practical cultural economy. Before strong trade with Tibet was disrupted, all of the salt and wool trade on the kali Gandaki crossed via Lo-manthang. This is the village where the king of Mustang kingdom living. Jigme Parbal bist, and the queen and they are from Nobel family of Lhasa. During the trek you will be exploring all those significant and cultural places.

Day 10: Trek to Ghami (3,440m0 6 to 7 hours walk

As we start return back from the trek today’s walk mostly goes downhill. However short climbs need to be faced. Firstly you climb up to the top where from the last view can be seen of Lo-Manthang village, then we descends downhill slopes most of the path to Ghami town. Ghimi is another significant town of this area.

Day 11: Trek to Samar – 4 to 5 hours walk

The path goes straight route to Nyi La, with a climb to the side and then contouring upwards and encounters the road from Tsarang. From the top the steep descend waits all the way to Gelling town. After passing stream once again the trail climbs up towards to large painted Chorten. Then it is straight towards path to overnight camp.

Day 12: Trek to Yak Kharka, – 5 to 6 hours walk

Our trek from Samar goes to the less known region by the westerners, descending on the same route for 3 hour via Chele town and then arriving to Mustang Khola, trek leads climbs further up to the ridge, on leaving the village way down below the walks is more less on the gradual uphill trek and we arrive our overnight camp.

Day 13: Trek to Muktinath (3,710m) – 4 Hours walk

Less frequented upper part of Mustang, you will be viewing more of fellow treks, the trek from the camp towards to slow climb for less than an hour up to 3,970m. Here from the trek leads down slope to Muktinath. The massive views of the Nilgiri and Tukuche peak here from the trek is much bigger. Evening you will visit the holy temple of Muktinath.

Day 14: Trek to Jomsom ( 5 hours)

Although the vehicles are available these days, the trek mostly leaves down to Ekali Bhatti and straight flat to Jomsom. It windy valley as well so do not forget to wear eye glass and globs. Most of the time along the kali Gandaki River you reach Jomsom for overnight

Day 15: Fly to Pokhara

An early morning flight for about half an hour arrive at Pokhara.If you prefer same day back to Kathmandu which is also possible. But it’s better to spend relax day in Pokhara after long trek. Visit around and stay overnight.

Day 16: drive or fly to Kathmandu

Up to you either you want drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus, car or van. Driving takes about 7 hours and flight takes only 30 minutes.

Day 17: Depart Kathmandu

Upon your flight time we will transfer you to Kathmandu airport buy Nepal guide info team

Include/Exclude

 Whats Include
All ground transportation
Accommodation in Kathmandu and in Pokhara, with breakfast
Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara with entrance fees
Required flight ticket and airport taxes
Pokhara-Jomsom flight ticket and airport taxes
All meals during the trek
accommodation during the trek
English-speaking licensed trekking guide (Sherpa)
Required number of porter to carry tents, utensils, equipment and your luggage
All required permits Upper Mustang Special permit and Annapurna Conservation permit 
Down Jacket, sleeping bag, duffel bag to use during the trek and T-shirt Nepal Planet Treks (yours to keep)
Travel and rescue arrangements
Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
All government taxes and official expenses
 
What’s Not Included
Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara
Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, tips, etc.
Beverages like mineral water, juice, Coke, Fanta, Sprite as well as alcoholic drinks
Travel insurance (essential)
Personal trekking equipment except stated above
Tips
Any loss arising due to unforeseen circumstances that is beyond our control
Any additional expenses

Equipment List

Equipment and Packing List for Upper Mustang Trek 2019 /2020

Nepal Guide Info Recommended

This list is a Nepal Guide info guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. Those items marked by an asterisk (*)Â are provided by Nepal Guide info ( Nepal Planet Treks and Expedition )inclusive in the service. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary
Things during a treks
Important documents and items
• Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
• Separate photocopies  of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
• Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash  for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
• Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards  for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
Head
• Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
• Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
• Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
• Sunglasses  with UV protection
• Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Upper Body
• Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
• Light and expedition weight thermal tops
• Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
• Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
• Down vest and/or jacket *
• Gore-Tex or North Face jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
Hands
• 1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
• 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
• 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
 Lower Body
• Non-cotton underwear briefs
• 1 pair of Hiking shorts
• 1 pair of Hiking trousers
• 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
• 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
• 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
Feet
• 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
• 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
• 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support,
• 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
• Cotton socks (optional)
• Gaiters (winter only), optional,  ankle high version
Sleeping
• 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
• Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
• 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry on)
• 1 large duffel bag *
• A small day pack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
• Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
• 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
Medical
• Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
• Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
• 1 skin-blister repair kit
• Anti-diarrhea pills
• Anti-headache pills
• Cough and/or cold medicine
• Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylchloride
• Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
• Water purification tablets or water filter ( Nepal Guide Info proved a this Water purification Tablet )
• 1 set of earplugs
• Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Practical Items
• 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
• 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
• 1 compass or GPS(optional)
• 1 alarm clock/watch
• 1 digital camera  with extra cards and batteries
• large Ziplocs
• 2 water bottles (1 liter each)
• 1 small folding knife
• Binoculars (optional)
• 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
Toiletries
• 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
• Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
• Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
• Deodorants
• Nail clippers
• Face and body moisturizer
• Female hygiene products
• Small mirror
Personal Hygiene
• Wet wipes (baby wipes)
• Tissue /toilet roll
• Anti-bacterial hand wash
Extras/Luxuries
• Reading book
• Trail map/guide book
• Journal and pen
• iPod
• Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses and/or camps)
• 1 modest swim suit
• Binoculars (optional)
• Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
• Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
• Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow
Health and Safety is in our priority list 2019/2020
Nepal Guide Info is greatly concerned with health and safety of our clients as well as team. All our outdoor staff members are well insured. Considering health and safety of our clients, we stress priority to hygienic food to high altitude sickness remedy; from preliminary medical emergency oxygen’s treatment to helicopter rescue. Being one of the Nepal Guide Info (Nepal Planet Treks and Expedition) is well equipped and fully trained in health and safety aspects.

What the meaning of the Nepal?

Trekking is a journey of walking, spending your holiday with a specific purpose of exploring the mountains, high passes, geographical diversities, peoples, religions, ethnic groups, populations, politics, histories, architectures, floras and faunas as well as walking day by day from one place to another to complete your destination and every days see different people , different area with fully natural and peace

What is the tea house trekking in Nepal ?

Nepal Guide Info know the Tea house trekking is the easiest and best trekking, as there is no need to do too much organizing where there are well-developed lodgings along the trails. Trekkers walk on average 5 to 6 or 7 hours each day. Food and accommodation will be comfortable, as a variety of food and accommodation is in a lodge or guest house. Breakfast is usually around 7:30 am, lunch around 1:00pm and dinner around 6-7 pm We provide tea house trekking within the most common trekking routes for the following regions:- Annapurna, Everest, Langtang, Helambu, Manaslu, Upper Mustang and Nagarkot ChisoPani, Kanchenjunga Base camp, Annapurna Circuit, Tillicho lake Trek as well as many more. We can easily organize any trek. There will be one expert trekking guide who has a well-trained certificate and license issued by the minister of tourism and has more than 12 years’ experience. The guide is always pleased to share his knowledge and experience with clients, so please ask as many questions to your guide. There may be an assistant guide and porters for luggage carrying according to your group size.

About Mustang Trekking 

One of the most fascinating trails among the top 12 best trekking’s in Nepal, Upper Mustang trekking is the best trek for landscape, mountains, and peoples simmers Tibetan Buddhism. To get an experience on the Mustang trails is itself wonderful, the history and the culture of this area whereas enriched with the capabilities of attracting every visitor. At around 1830, this region was a part of Tibetan kingdom of Gung hang; the fabled medieval wall city of Lo-Monthang. This area has an ancient history which actually is more myth then the fact based. Nevertheless what the factual history is, one can come and explore the beauty at its best in once in a life time adventures before die Nepal Guide Info fully recommend trekking trekking because this trail on of best trail in Nepal and Worlds to

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